Oct 17, 2023 - Music

Luke Bryan claps back at Pioneer Press review

Luke Bryan singing into a microphone

Luke Bryan at a July concert. Photo: Natasha Moustache/WireImage

Country music star Luke Bryan didn't like Pioneer Press critic Ross Raihala's review of his Xcel Energy Center concert from Saturday night.

What happened: Raihala called Bryan "kind of a mess" in a post on X, linking to his full review.

  • Bryan fired back: "Wow. I've never received one positive review from y'all's publication since I've been to the Twin Cities area in my whole career. The trend continues. The sold out crowd had a great time."

Reality check: While it's true Raihala wrote harshly about Bryan's recent show, he pointed out in follow-up posts that he's been positive in previous reviews.

  • His review of a 2018 Target Field show said Bryan "oozes with not just charisma, but approachable charisma."
  • Writing after a 2018 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium — the first-ever in the building — the PiPress music critic said Bryan "was full of energy and cheer and always up for some mugging to the cameras."
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